Nov 26, 2012 9:00am PST
initiatives, the one i think about is climate change and energy legislation. we see some consensus on fiscal issues and some on immigration. what i wonder about is the climate and energy stuff when you still have a house of representatives where a lot of people just don't believe in global warming. i don't know how you get to a deal on that. >> let me pick up on that. you mentioned climate change and the dream act. of course the democrats and president obama had a majority on the dream act and passed it in the house. it was only that it was filibustered, right? so when does that fury over a system that gives you majorities but not legislation, when does that get into this mix? >> i'm not sure that abates. the animus that drove the hostility and resistance of the president is still present. look at the laundry list john mccain gave you. immigration reform and abortion. yeah, you got that black vote on lock, don't you. and look, because they want to continue tone gauge in voter suppression. now let me just put that on the table. the reason african-american people are not seen as a likely vote
Nov 28, 2012 9:00am PST
society, whether that's education or tax reform or energy reform to make it a more just and equitable society. >> as a tactical move it works onnerly re lly -- every level f. it works on bipartisan strategy, we all agree on this and start there. it takes something off the table before the harder stuff gets discussed. depriving as governor rendell the other side of its main leverage. so on all of those levels it works for him and it accomplishes what he wants to, which is to level the playing field in terms of income inequality. >> governor, we're going to have senator patty murray on the show in just a few minutes. in terms of getting this done, what do you think the president needs at this point? does he have all the arrows that he needs to get the tax cuts extended for the middle class and to expire for the upper income? >> he does if he's willing to use them. the part of this, the danger in this appeal, is that sometimes the president's going to have to go back to the same people that he's gining up here and saying you're going to take it a hit. the only way we will get this done.